I shared with a friend recently that there are many scriptures imprinted in my mind and my heart forever, and all are mostly tied to the life lessons I have learned through the years. Lately though, I am feeling a pull to take more ownership of His Word in a way like I have never before–not by just being able to find it in the Bible on my iphone or computer, but by in-scripting it in my heart and my mind, so I may easily recall His empowering Words at any time, anywhere. I won’t lie, I don’t see this as an easy task. As I am pushing forty this year, I am amazed when I reminisce about my high school and college theater days. I have no idea how I memorized all my lines all those years!
Instant access to the Bible through computers, ipads, Droids and iphones, and the millions of apps that go with them have, no doubt, been a huge blessing by allowing God’s love to be shared with so many. However, it also creates the illusion that there’s no need to write His Word on our hearts because we can always easily find it at the press of the button.
I don’t want to fall for that illusion. I want to “go back to the basics” and feel the thin pages between my fingers and the comfortable weight of it sitting in my lap. I want to hold my pen and underline those scriptures that speak to me. I want to jot notes in the margins! (My teacher friends would say I am probably a visual and kinesthetic learner! They would be correct.)
More than anything, though, I want the indelible power of His Word stored in my mind and my heart.
As I walked the beach today, I was taken aback (again!) by the immense expanse of the ocean. I am always blown away when I try to fathom the idea that water rushing up on our shore has traveled around the world through different currents and surged to depths beyond the continental shelf into the deep abyss. This was a great visual for me to see how much wider and deeper God wants me to go when learning His Word.
If you want to go with me on the is journey, you will notice a new page on the Cross Moms blog titled Psalms to Remember. For the sake of the blog and my readers, I will add another Psalm every week or two (depending on how long it is). I am not setting some arbitrary time limit, though. Instead, I will open my Bible, read the Psalm, and meditate on it throughout my days. I will reread it in the quiet of my mornings. I will search for it in my daily encounters, and I will write in on my heart.
Won’t you join me?